Intramurals: It’s All About the Shirt

By Gabriela Marrama

A GCU student playing Frisbee

Sometimes, the best nights are the ones spent with friends. At Grand Canyon University, we know how important it is to build a strong community and have a great time, all while bringing glory to God. GCU intramurals offer a variety of sports for students to choose from – and the best part is that they are free!

Intramurals are open to all students and staff at GCU and are a tremendous opportunity to meet new people and build relationships while playing sports. Each sport houses different divisions so whether you are extra competitive or just want to kick the ball around for fun, there is a division for you!

After a long day of school, no student would be opposed to taking a study break – especially if that study break means playing sports. That’s the life of Grand Canyon University honors students Morgan Clark, Kyler Nixon and Nikki Milroy.

Freshman Morgan Clark jumped right into intramurals during her first semester at GCU. She played on an indoor volleyball team comprised of members from the Associated Students of Grand Canyon University (ASGCU) and the Freshman Class Council (FCC). Clark’s favorite part about playing intramural sports is “getting to know my teammates and bonding with them. It was so much fun to play with people that were more focused on creating a positive, fun atmosphere, regardless of the score.”

Intramurals gives Clark the chance to go out, get some exercise and have a good time with friends. Clark describes playing intramurals as a “great break from your course load” and recommends intramurals to honors students as a stress reliever as well as a fun extracurricular.

Sophomore Kyler Nixon has had his fair share of intramurals during his last year at GCU. Nixon has played 5-on-5 basketball as well as indoor volleyball. Being an honors student, “intramurals have allowed me to focus on something other than school. Honors schedules and classes can be demanding so intramurals are a nice outlet from that.”

“It’s a lot of fun to forget about school and work for an hour and just have fun with friends,” Nixon explains. “During the week, I’m really busy, so intramurals have been an awesome way for me to combine social time and physical activity. Not to mention post-win Chick-Fil-A.”

Junior Nikki Milroy is no stranger to the intramural field. Milroy has so far played on nine intramural teams. In her two and a half years at GCU, Milroy has played intramural soccer, flag football, 3-on-3 basketball, 5-on-5 basketball, indoor volleyball and sand volleyball.

Milroy explains, “I play intramurals because I can be active in a fun and competitive environment. I miss playing competitive sports and am so happy that GCU offers this to their students and faculty. It also has been a great way for me to have a study break. Intramurals is also a chance for me to connect with my friends that I don’t see on a daily basis. Some of my friends are in different majors, so our schedules are very different. It is nice to get to play intramurals with them and have fun doing something we both love.”

Milroy shares that one of her favorite memories as a student at GCU has come from playing intramurals. As a freshman, Milroy played soccer with people she had never met and this was also her first experience playing on a soccer team. Now in her junior year, she is still friends with that team. To this day, that is Milroy’s favorite season of intramurals because “we were just there to have fun and the lasting friendships that came out from playing on that team.”

Milroy hopes to win at least one championship before she graduates because at the end of the day, “It’s all about the shirt.”

Take a study break every once in a while, because no matter your skill level, intramurals has a team for you! Play sports with friends, play sports to make new friends – whatever the case may be, join a team, play hard and show what you’re made of.

Grand Canyon University offers a vibrant campus life. To learn more, visit our website or contact us using the Request More Information button at the top of the page.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University.

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